St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Choral Evensong is one of the most-loved services at St Paul's, usually sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Monday - Saturday
5 - 5.45pm
3.15 - 4pm
This is the one Cathedral service which is led almost entirely by music, with the Choir singing preces and responses, the psalm for that evening,
the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis of the Canticles and also an anthem.
The Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord) is a celebratory and revolutionary text spoken by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The Nunc
Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace), is the old man Simeon's song of fulfilment on seeing the baby Jesus in the Temple
and recognising him as the Messiah. It is also a prayer for our peace and protection.
Readings from the Old and New Testaments are led by the Canon in Residence and the prayers are led by a Minor Canon. On Sundays a sermon is
Choral Evensong takes place in the stalls of the quire, towards the high altar, a space which allows the music to resonate perfectly and foster a
sense of calm. As there are usually more people than can be accommodated in the quire, some also sit in the seats under the dome.
Many people are regulars at Choral Evensong and for many tourists it is a service they come especially to take part in.
When the Cathedral Choir is on holiday, many visiting choirs from around the world sing Evensong in their place. When there is no choir, usually on
a Monday, Evening Prayer is said in its place.